Team Angel find themselves up against ninja cyborgs. Wesley gets an unexpected visit from his father.
- Aborted Arc
- All Your Base Are Belong to Us / Is It Always Like This?: The ninja cyborgs attack Wolfram & Hart.
- Actually a Doombot: After his 'death' Roger is revealed to be another cyborg using a glamour.
- Anti Anti Christ: Roger says that Angel is "more dangerous to mankind than you realize. [snip] He's a puppet. He always has been. To the Powers That Be, to Wolfram & Hart."
- Arms Dealer: Emil
- Backhanded Compliment: Roger Wyndam-Pryce to his son all the time.
Oh, the Academy didn't make him Head Boy for nothing. (Glasses Pull
) Mind you, as I recall, the pickings were a bit slim that year.
- The one time Roger does give Wesley a proper compliment, it's to get Wesley's guard down so he can knock him out.
- Berserk Button: DO NOT threaten Fred.
Fred: He was threatening your friends.
Wes: He was threatening you.
- Big Blackout / Red Alert
- Bookcase Passage: Wesley keeps a vault for his more dangerous artifacts behind a sliding bookcase.
- Brick Joke: "Sex with a robot is more common than you think." This comment is funnier if you know Spike had a Buffy Sex Bot built for him in BtVS "Intervention".
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Roger Wyndam-Price met Spike years before whilst Spike was slaughtering an orphanage in Vienna.
Roger: ...Killed two of my men before you escaped.
Spike: Oh [beat] How have you been?
- Call Back: Wesley tortures the cyborg the same way he did the bookie in "The Ring" or the junkie girl in "Release".
- In "The Prodigal" Darla says to Angelus that killing his father will not stop his need for his approval. Likewise Wesley tries to reconnect with his father with a phone call to England after 'killing' him.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Wesley finally vents some bile toward his father as the pair engage in Gunpoint Banter. Roger blasts Wesley for constantly failing him and working for Angel when he knows all the evil he's done. Wesley in turn taunts his father, insinuating that Roger always belittled him because he feared that Wesley would outshine him.
- Chain Pain: Favorite weapon of the ninja cyborgs.
- Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Wesley is fiddling with the device inside the cyborg when it starts beeping.
- Continuity Nod
- Emil turns out to be the man who built Wesley's collapsible wrist-swords in Season 4.
- Angel already knows Wesley was Head Boy because he mentioned it in "Spin the Bottle."
- Spike thinks Pavayne has returned to take him to Hell when the lights go out ("Hellbound").
- Wesley tells his father that he dismembered his previous girlfriend. This was Lilah Morgan in "Salvage", whom Wesley wrongly assumed had been killed by a vampire.
- Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind: Roger saving Angel. However it's just a means of gaining his trust.
- Deadpan Snarker: Naturally as a former Watcher, Roger is fully trained in the art of snark.
(re Gunpoint Banter
) Of course, we're in Los Angeles. We have to talk about our feelings.
- Death Seeker: Wesley activating the cyborg's self-destruct device to force it to talk, and Wesley prepared to let his father shoot him, knowing that the Staff of Devosynn will be smashed when it hits the ground. If he's not actively seeking death, the presence of his father certainly doesn't help convince Wesley that his life is worth much.
- Depleted Phlebotinum Shells
Fred: We replaced the delivery system with a Bylantine energy charge, eliminating the need for conventional ammunition.
- Dysfunction Junction: Spoofed
Wesley: If you're here to tell me about how you killed your parents... perhaps it could wait for another time.
Fred: What? No. They're fine.
- Face Palm: Wesley's reaction when Lorne comes up and starts talking to his dad.
- Foreshadowing: Spike suspects that Eve has something to do with why he's Not Quite Dead.
- Roger says Angel is just a puppet. That becomes literally true in "Smile Time".
- The cyborgs wear the symbol of the Circle of the Black Thorn.
- Give Me a Sword: Wesley throws a sword from his Wall of Weapons to his father so Roger can fight a cyborg.
- Girls with Guns: Fred starts assembling a rifle.
Fred: What we've got here is a modification of the TS-113 Sniper Rifle. We've altered its targeting and firing mechanisms to fit the parameters you gave us. Scope works along amplified thermal wavelengths.
Emil: God... You are making me so hot right now.
Fred: Wow. Turned on by a woman holding an enormous gun. What a surprise.
- Guns Akimbo: Fred gets annoyed when Wesley uses his twin .45's for a cool Slow Motion Leap and Fire instead of giving one to her.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Roger is played by Roy Dotrice, the narrator of the A Song of Ice and Fire. He also starred as mr Lantz, the man who brokered a peace deal with the Centauri at the end of Babylon 5 season 2.
- Holy Shit Quotient: Wesley is fully prepared to let his father shoot him rather than hand over the artifact controlling Angel. Roger decides to grab Fred as a Hostage for MacGuffin — Wesley empties his pistol into him.
- Hollywood Cyborg
- "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": Wesley is wracked with guilt over how he shot a cyborg he believed to be his father. Fred tells him not to worry, as deep down he must have realised Roger wasn't real. Wesley however says that he didn't know.
- Humor Dissonance (In-Universe): Angel is glowering at Wes for nearly blowing up the entire building.
What happened? Spike:
(jumping in front of Wes) I can explain.
Apparently, when Percy here was younger, he was known as "Head Boy"! Angel:
) Right, I already knew that. Spike:
Well, I have nothing else to report.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Wesley tells Fred to go on a date with Knox.
- I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Fred excusing herself from Wesley meeting his father.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: The Cyborg variety.
- Interrupted Declaration of Love: Perhaps. Fred is clearly going to acknowledge Wesley's feelings in one way or another before Knox barges in on them.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: Actually not sure if it's an example of this trope, as Wesley's decision to shoot is so instantaneous Roger could have just meant to stop talking at that point.
I see. Well, then... (points gun at Fred) maybe if it's someone you care about—(Wesley fires ten rounds into Roger's chest)
- The Klutz: Wesley walks into the door jamb, then bumps into a co-worker, a sign that his Season One clumsiness is returning in the presence of his father. Gets taken Up to Eleven when Wes accidentally triggers a bomb.
- Lame Comeback: Spike's new soul tends to inhibit his snarking on occasion.
Spike: (grinning) You've heard of me?
Roger: No. We've met. 1963. My colleagues and I fell upon you slaughtering an orphanage in Vienna. Killed two of my men before you escaped.
Spike: Oh... how've you been?
- Left Hanging: We never find out who the cyborgs were working for or whether the Watchers Council really has been resurrected, thanks to the early cancellation of the series.
- Mind Control: "You're using the Staff of Devosynn to take Angel's will, make him your slave."
- Mooks: Dante and Phillip, for Emil.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Wes stunned expression after shooting his father. Even when Wes finds out he's shot a robot, he's still left pondering whether he shot his father to protect Fred, or out of hatred for the man who bullied him all his life.
- Neck Snap
- Once More with Clarity
- Orphaned Punchline: Wesley asks where his father's gone to. Fred says she left him back at the Entertainment Division with Lorne...and then realizes the horror of that statement. (Description Cut to Roger facepalming in agony)
...so I am covered
in cherries, the police are just pounding
on the door, and Judi Dench
starts screaming, "Oh, that's way
too much to pay for a pair of pants!"
- Parental Betrayal: Roger Wyndam-Pryce claimed to be assessing Wesley for readmittance to the organisation that's succeeded the Watcher's Council, but he was actually planning to take control of Angel.
- Perp Sweating: Wes gets to demonstrate just how Darker and Edgier he's gotten since his dad last met him, when interrogating a cyborg by twisting the sword stuck in its gut.
- Post-Modern Magik
Roger: In my days we fought werewolves, vampires, the occasional swamp man. And now we have protohuman cybernetic chain fighters.
- Read the Freaking Manual
Wesley: I'll stay with the bomb, try to diffuse it. It could be our only— (the cyborg's device stops beeping) What did you do?
These symbols were, in fact, Dutrovic in origin, not Moracian, as you surmised. When interpreted correctly, these symbols spell out the proper procedure for handling the cyborg's power core, including this fail-safe, in case someone trips the self-destruct device. Quite simple really.
Fred: [about the cyborg] This thing really blurs the line between human and robot.
Aha. So you're not ruling out that a human being could have boffed a robot. [Everyone stares at him
] Sex with robots is more common than most people think.
- Robotic Reveal / Glamor Failure / This Was His True Form
- Rooftop Confrontation
- Sarcastic Confession: Roger asks his son why he Can't Spit It Out regarding his feelings for Fred.
Wesley: The last girl I was with I had to chop into little tiny pieces because a higher power saw fit to stab her in the neck.
) You don't want to discuss it. Fine. But spare me the sarcasm. It's too embarrassing.
- Self-Destruct Mechanism
- Shoot the Dog: Although he can't say it, Angel finally comes to forgive Wesley for his role in the Connor affair.
Wesley: The perception is I'm weak. That's why they went for me.
Angel: They're wrong. You do what you have to do to protect the people around you. To do what you know is right, regardless of the cost. You know, I never really understood that. You're the guy who makes all the hard decisions, even if you have to make 'em alone.
- Shout-Out: When Spike finds out that Wesley was Head Boy, he mockingly calls him Percy.
- Stop Helping Me! (In-Universe): Angel and Spike try to empathize with Wesley by talking about how they killed their parents.
- Super Window Jump: Angel comes crashing in through the window to help Wes and Fred when the arms deal goes wrong.
- Swiss Cheese Security: Roger tells off Wesley for keeping his source books for Tome of Eldritch Lore on his table where anyone can get them. Wesley retorts, "Gaining access to this building isn't easy." Err, really Wes?
- Tap on the Head: Wesley's dad hits him with a blackjack.
- Technicolor Science: The cyborgs give out impressive arcs of blue electricity when they get stabbed.
- That Came Out Wrong: Feeling guilty after Angel tears strips off him, Wesley tries to apologise to Fred.
Wesley: I should've done a better job protecting you.
Fred: (stares in disbelief) What?
Wesley: That didn't come out...
- Too Much Information
Spike: Don't know if you know this, but, uh... I killed my mum. Actually, I'd already killed her, and then she tried to shag me, so I had to—
Wesley: (holds his hands up in a "stop" motion) Thank you. I'm...very comforted. Right.
- Treasure Chest Cavity: Roger smuggles a pistol into Wolfram & Hart inside the cyborg that Team Angel brought back for examination, removing it while he was supposedly 'defusing' the bomb.
- Unusual Euphemism
Emil: It comes down to trust. There's no Better Business Bureau for what we do. Customer complaints are dealt with through... killing, torture, beating... sometimes...fire. We call it "word-of-mouth advertising."
- Verbal Backspace: The lights go out while Eve and Spike are in the elevator.
Spike: (whispering) I know what this is. (yelling) You'll never take me to hell, Pavayne!
(Emergency lights come on in the elevator and an alarm sounds. Eve gives him a look.)
Spike: (embarrassed) Oh. Well, that's just something I say... when, uh... it gets dark.
- Vertical Kidnapping: One of Emil's mooks gets yanked up into the rafters by a chain.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: Wesley expresses shock at shooting his father by shambling in a daze over to a nearby air conditioning unit. This is followed by the sound of him retching.
- Walk In Chime In
Wesley: (staring past Fred) Hello, father.
Fred: Oh, yeah, that's mature. Well, I wish I was your father. I'd tell you to grow up.
Roger Wyndam-Price: It doesn't work. I've tried.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Wesley is more hurt that his father didn't trust him to ask for his help than by Roger betraying Wes by trying to kidnap Angel.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Angel's reaction to Fred being wounded, despite the fact that she's hardly in a safe occupation. Afterwards Eve points out that maybe Angel is still angry over Wesley betraying him re Connor.